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by The Claim

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    Limited to 300 hand-numbered copies, The Claim’s ‘Spring Turns To Winter’ is a reflection on getting older. Lyrically it was inspired by Sinatra’s ‘It Was A Good Year’. Musically there are notes of treacle and spice. Jim Riley’s Blues Foundation’s ‘Love’s Got A Hold Of Me’ has some beautiful harp, guitar, Hammond and a massively loud Motown-esque tambourine. Jim sings with soul from experience.

    The fifteenth release on the Spinout Nuggets label, this release will be available via, and all good record outlets.

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Mixing up The Claim’s melodic guitar pop with Jim Riley’s Medway R&B might seem incongruous. But this is a story that goes all the way back to 1982, when The Claim supported Jim’s first band Wipeout at their school disco. At the time, Wipeout were frequently playing shows with the likes of Nine Below Zero and Dr. Feelgood. Lemmy was a regular in the crowd at Wipeout’s legendary performances at Dingwalls.

Jim is one of the holy trinity from the post-punk Medway generation, along with Billy Childish and Graham Day. In 1982 The Claim were just fifth-formers, delighted to get the opportunity to back up a proper group. Jim was impressed enough with The Claim to offer them a follow up slot at the legendary M.I.C. Club in Medway, and therein begun a long term association.

The association saw Jim guest on The Claim’s recordings and co-produce a number of their records, including the recently re-issued Boomy Tella LP from 1988. Fast forward to 2017’s Medway Weekender at 100 Club, London, at which Jim got up on stage with The Claim to tear through Sonny Boy Williamson’s ‘Help Me’ and The Claim pop ballad ‘Mrs Jones.’

A resulting offer of a slot at the London Blues Festival saw Jim invite The Claim to be his backing group - the Blues Foundation. They enjoyed rehearsals at Jim’s renowned Ranscombe Studios in Rochester, Kent so much, they decided to record them. ‘A Very British Blues Explosion’ was released in 2018 by Trouserphonic Records. In the meantime, The Claim were also beavering away at Ranscombe Studios, recording their first album in 30 years, with Jim again at the controls. The critically acclaimed album, ‘The New Industrial Ballads’ was released by A Turntable Friend Records in May 2019.


released March 3, 2020

Side A
The Claim - Springs Turns To Winter
Side AA
Jim Riley’s Blues Foundation - Love’s Got A Hold Of Me


The Claim
David Read- Vocals & Guitar
David Arnold - Guitar 
Stuart Ellis - Bass Guitar
Martin Bishop - Drums

Jim Riley’s Blues Foundation
Jim Riley - Vocals, Organ & Harmonica
David Read- Lead Guitar
David Arnold - Rhythm Guitar 
Stuart Ellis - Bass Guitar
Martin Bishop - Drums

Produced by Jim Riley.
Recorded at Ranscombe Studios, Rochester, Kent.
Published by Spinout Music.
Artwork by Half Pint Press.

Lee Grimshaw
T: 07377131778


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The Claim Rochester, UK

The Claim hail from Cliffe in Kent and were one of the major players in the thriving "Medway Scene" which came out of the Medway Towns in the 1980's alongside The Prisoners, Thee Milkshakes, The Dentists, Wipe Out and more. Their second album "Boomy Tella" received glowing reviews including Bob Stanley's 8 out of 10 in the NME in 1988. The band is recording a new album for release in May 2019. ... more

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